Memorial Day Moments

Christian authors, Christian fiction, Memorial Day Comments: 20

Howdy! Don’t we all love a 3 day weekend? Well, some of us are working (yikes, I’m behind). If you’re working too, fist bump me. Today I wanted to talk to you about Memorial Day. You know we’re all happy about that extra day of rest, but then it’s a solemn day too.


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So how about it? Do you have some special items that remind you of loved ones? If so, comment below and tell me about them, or just comment with the name of someone you’d like to remember on this special day.

I’ll randomly choose one winner. This week I’m giving away a Project Linus blanket. (Project Linus was featured in Anna’s Healing.) This blanket is completely cool–a NO SEW fleece, and it has a military theme. I’ll send it to one lucky person along with some signed bookmarks from me.

Announcements for this week: 

  • Deep Shadows is now available for pre-order. This is the first book in my new dystopian series. Don’t know what dystopian is? Read my blog post at the Diamond Mind of Christian Fiction. You can now pre-order Deep Shadows. All vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My June rafflectopter begins today, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes a copy of Hidden, a set of quilted coasters, a Texas note card, and  a $10 Starbucks card.
  • Anna’s Healing has been chosen as a Christy award finalist. You can read all about that here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,

Vannetta

May Special

Amish fiction, Pebble Creek Series, Special Sale Price Comments: 2

pebble creekDo you enjoy reading on your back porch? I do! At the end of the day, I want to grab a snack and glass of iced tea, mosey out to the porch, and read in peace and quite for a little while. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way.

Once a month, I’d like to offer you a special price, and this month that special offer is for my Pebble Creek series. A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia introduce the Amish community of Pebble Creek, Wisconsin, and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways. The special low price is $10 (plus tax and $2.50 for shipping), and of course I will autograph it for you and include some bookmarks. This is 30% less than the book is currently being offered on Amazon, so I hope you will take advantage of the offer. Choose the book you’d like, fill in the autograph to box, and click BUY NOW. You’ll be taken to a secure Paypal site where you can enter your credit card or debit card number.

 

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A Home for Lydia


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A Wedding for Julia


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Now get ye to the back porch, and enjoy some rest. And while you’re there–happy reading! Blessings,

V

The Office Space

Christian authors, Christian fiction, The Writing Life

How’s everyone doing? I hope you’re enjoying these blogs (and Vlogs) from my back porch. Actually, today’s is from my office, but the point is to have an informal, laid-back conversation between us. I loved your comments and very much enjoyed reading about your fav flowers on last week’s post!

This week I wanted to give you a little tour of my office. (If you’re receiving this blog via email, you probably have to click on the title and go to my sight to see the video.)

My office was actually my son’s bedroom until I told him I needed it. He moved out to an apartment and the rest is history! It’s a small room, as you’ll see in the video, probably 10 feet by 10 feet. Kind of plain and simple, but it works for me. What about you? Do you have a special place in your house where you work or craft? For a while, mine was the dining room table! Leave a comment describing YOUR SPOT, and we’ll pull a winner for a free book. (Last week’s winner was Kimberly T.)

Announcements for this week: 

  • Shelley Shepard Gray and I will be meting for our Girlfriends Getaway in Charm, OH. If you’re going, I’m looking forward to meeting you! If you can’t come–we’ll be having on-line prizes for those who follow us on Facebook and twitter.
  • Deep Shadows is now available for pre-order. This is the first book in my new dystopian series. Don’t know what dystopian is? Read my blog post at the Diamond Mind of Christian Fiction. You can now pre-order Deep Shadows. All vendors offer a pre-order price guarantee, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My May rafflectopter giveaway is live through 6-22, and it’s easy to enter daily. Check here for details. This month’s giveaway includes something I picked up in Shipshewana, a $10 Starbucks card and more!

Time to turn off the computer and head to the back porch. Bob’s waiting for me with both dogs. I hope you enjoyed today’s video, and I’d love to hear about YOUR fav spot. Leave a comment on the blog, and I’ll draw a winner to receive a complimentary copy of the book of your choice from my book list.

Blessings,

V

May Flowers

Christian book awards, Gardening

Last week we talked about the back porch and what an awesome place it is to rest and unwind, whether it’s an actual back porch, a deck, or simply a lawn chair behind the house. I loved your comments. I felt like we had a nice visit — on the back porch!

This week I wanted to share some pics of my back porch flowers. Nothing fancy here. Basically things that survived my UN-green thumb. What about you? Leave me a comment about your favorite flower, and we’ll draw a winner. (Last week’s winner was Donna B.)

Announcements for this week: 

  • I learned that Anna’s Healing is a finalist for the Christy award. I’m excited and humbled and thrilled. Winners will be announced in June.
  • Shelley Shepard Gray and I are finalizing plans for our Girlfriends Getaway in Charm, OH. We hope to see you there, but if you can’t come–we’ll be having on-line prizes for those who follow us on Facebook and twitter. Keep an eye out over the weekend of May 20th!
  • Deep Shadows is now available for pre-order. This is the first book in my new dystopian series. Don’t know what dystopian is? Read the blurb for Deep Shadows here. For Amazon, the pre-order price is guaranteed, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My May rafflectopter giveaway is now live. Check here for details. This week’s giveaway includes something I picked up in Shipshewana, a $10 Starbucks card and more!

Time to stop working, pour myself a glass of tea and head to the back porch. I hope you enjoyed today’s pics, and I’d love to hear about YOUR gardening efforts. Leave a comment on the blog, and I’ll draw a winner to receive a complimentary copy of the book of your choice from my book list.

Blessings,

V

 

 

 

 

from the back porch

Christian fiction, The Writing Life

Howdy!

I’m writing today’s blog from the back porch. In Texas, the back porch is where important things happen–it’s where we sip sweet tea, watch the dear, talk to family, and meet with friends. It’s where we go when we need quiet time, devotional time, prayer time. My husband pointed out that we don’t technically have a back porch. We have a back deck, but it’s the same thing in my opinion. My video starts in the back yard and ends up at the deck, where I do my sitting, resting, praying, even working.

Announcements for this week: 

  • An Amish Cradle is $1.99 (ebook only) May 2nd-May 8th. ** Amazon ** B&N ** CBD
  • Shelley Shepard Gray and I are finalizing plans for our Girlfriends Getaway in Charm, OH. If you’re interested in attending, but haven’t made your reservation, email Laurie at Laurie4ssg@gmail.com.
  • Deep Shadows is now available for pre-order. This is the first book in my new dystopian series. Don’t know what dystopian is? Read the blurb for Deep Shadows here. For Amazon, the pre-order price is guaranteed, so if the price goes down before the item is released, you receive the lower price. **Amazon ** B&N ** CBD.
  • My May rafflectopter giveaway is now live. Check here for details. This week’s giveaway includes something I picked up in Shipshewana, a $10 Starbucks card and more!

Time to close down the computer and just enjoy sitting on the back porch. I hope you enjoyed today’s video, and I’d love to hear about YOUR back porch, or wherever you go to relax. Leave a comment on the blog, and I’ll draw a winner to receive a complimentary copy of the book of your choice from my book list.

Blessings,

V

 

Easter Blessings

52 Weeks of Grace

Happy Easter written in multicolored letters and fresh tulipsThe first thing I want to do is wish you a very special Easter. What a high and holy day for our faith! It’s a time of hope and resurrection, and I pray that it brings peace and joy to your heart.

Secondly, I wanted to share that I am going to have a total revamp of my blog. Many of you have remained faithful blog readers through the years. Thank you! Hopefully you will enjoy the exciting new style and content that we will share in May. If there’s anything in particular that you’d like to see added, please do leave a comment and let me know.

As far as our 52 Weeks of Grace, I will continue to post to my Pinterest board, and I hope you will join me there.

And lastly, if you haven’t entered my Rafflectoper giveaway, you can do so here through March 28th at 12:00 AM.

Blessings,

Vannetta

 

Watch Your Words

52 Weeks of Grace, Christian living
Psalm 19:14

Psalm 19:14

Welcome back to 52 Weeks of Grace.

This month we’re discussing sharing God’s grace with others. One of the primary ways we do that is with our words. Our words are often the first thing people hear and the last thing they remember about us. Words are important!

My father must have told me at least one million times, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Those wise words have come in handy more than once.

I had a pastor once who was teaching a children’s sermon–she had a tube of toothpaste, and she squirted some out on a piece of cardboard. Then she encouraged the children to put the toothpaste back into the tube. Of course that was impossible. She said, “Our words are like that. Once they’re out, you can’t put them back in.”

And then there’s this quote.

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. ~Martin Luther

Wow! Yes! That’s what I’m talking about. What we say, and what we don’t say are both very important! And many times our words either allow us to share grace with someone, or they block us from being able to share.

So this week, as we approach Easter Sunday, I encourage you to think of your words as a vehicle for Grace.

Blessings,

Vannetta

 

DOING with Grace

52 Weeks of Grace, Christian living

Blackboard writings "Actions speak louder than words"

Doing with Grace? Sounds odd, I know. If your parents were like mine, you grew up hearing, “It’s not what you say, it’s what you DO.” Yup. In the years since then, I’ve learned the value of those words. People will say a lot of things, but they don’t always follow through. Their actions don’t always mirror their words.

This month we’re talking about extending God’s grace to others, and one of the ways we can do that is in our actions. We find a lovely example of this in John 12:3

Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Mary did more than tell Jesus she loved him. She showed Jesus that she loved him. So how about it? Can our actions toward others convey the grace and love of God?

Blessings,

V

Offering Grace

52 Weeks of Grace, Christian living

We’ve been exploring GRACE–what it means, how it affects our lives, and how we can offer grace to ourselves. For the month of March, I thought we’d talk about how to offer grace to others. As we can see in this verse from Acts, when we’re full of God’s grace, we can do great things!

Max Lucado agrees. I absolutely love this quote by him:

The apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace – what makes us think we can? He just kept coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That’s the thing about grace. It’s like springtime. You can’t put it in a single sentence definition, and you can’t exhaust it. ~Max Lucado

Isn’t that awesome? So if we cannot exhaust grace, we cannot use it up or run out of it, then we have plenty to offer to others. We, as followers of Christ, can offer grace to other people in our lives. Now it’s your turn. What are some ways that we can do this? I know you have some good ideas, so please share it in the comment section below.

Blessings,

V

 

 

Make GRACE a Habit

52 Weeks of Grace, Christian living

I hope you have had a wonderful February. This month we have focused on extending GRACE to ourself. Wow! It’s a powerful concept. We’ve discussed finding our strength in God’s grace, allowing ourselves to rest, and forgiving ourselves for past mistakes.

Today I thought we’d talk about taking care of ourself in general. I meet a lot of women who are exhausted, grumpy, depressed, and even physically ill. Sometimes these things just happen, and as we all know – sometimes these things happen all at once! But many times, I speak with women who are simply not taking care of theirself. They take care of everyone else, and some even develop a martyr mentality. (If I don’t do it, then the world will cease to spin because no one else will.)

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If this is you, I’m not laughing AT you, I’m laughing WITH you, because I’ve been there. Motherhood does it to us, as does being a good wife, having a job in or out of the home, volunteering at our church, and a dozen other things. But remember even Christ took a break when he needed one–

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. ~Luke 5:16

I want to challenge you to make GRACE a daily habit in your life. That could mean a bubble bath, a twenty minute walk alone, allowing the clothes to remain in the basket until tomorrow, or a dozen other things. What about it? Are you willing to make extending GRACE to yourself a daily habit? I’d love for you to comment with some SPECIFIC WAYS we can do this daily.

Blessings,

V